Seward Park Loop

Seattle, Washington 98118

Seward Park Loop

Seward Park Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Seward Park juts into Lake Washington like a thumb. Seattle city officials had the foresight to acquire the wild, wooded property in 1892 and eventually turn it into the public space we enjoy today. The loop trail circles the park on a closed-off service road for most of its length, with the lake on one side and Seattle’s largest remaining old-growth forest on the other.

Lake Washington—a 20-mile-long lake lined with waterfront homes and parks—defines Seattle’s eastern boundary. One of the city’s most beautiful parks, Seward Park occupies Bailey Peninsula and is home to an environmental and Audubon center, a clay art studio, an amphitheater, picnic facilities, and miles of trails. The longest and most scenic of the park’s trails is the Seward Park Loop (trail #10 on the park’s official map, available on their website). This wide, paved trail doubles as a service road that is closed to motorized public traffic."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma (Menasha Ridge Press)
Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens
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"Before Lake Washington was lowered by the opening of the ship canal in 1917, the peninsula now occupied by Seward Park was almost an island. Today, the park is an island of a different sort. Resisting the Seattle development that has spread around it for almost a century, Seward is now one of the last significant vestiges of old-growth forest within the city limits. A paved circular loop follows the island’s lakefront shoreline and connects to a network of single-track trails beneath the ancient trees." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Seattle (Falcon Guides)
Allen Cox
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"Paved Seward Park juts into Lake Washington like a thumb. Seattle city officials had the foresight to acquire the wild, wooded property in 1892 and eventually turn it into the public space we enjoy today. The loop trail circles the park on a closed off service road for most of its length, with the lake on one side and Seattle’s largest remaining old-growth forest on the other. Lake Washington—a 20-mile-long lake lined with waterfront homes and parks—defines Seattle’s eastern boundary. One of the city’s most beautiful parks, Seward Park occupies Bailey Peninsula and is home to an environmental and Audubon center, a clay art studio, an amphitheater, picnic facilities, and miles of trails. The longest and most scenic of the park’s trails is the Seward Park Loop (trail #10 on the park’s official map, available on their Web site). This wide, paved trail doubles as a service road that is closed to motorized public traffic. The trailhead for this hike is at the edge of the lake near the art studio. As you skirt the perimeter of the peninsula, it’s easy to forget that you’re still connected to the mainland. The setting has the distinctive feel of an island." Read more

Seward Park Loop Reviews

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12/11/2007
At the time that I went, with one child in a stroller, there was construction on the paved path. They were re-paving sections and parts were closed off, which meant pushing the stroller through the muddy grass alongside the trail. Not a huge deal, just something to be aware of. The views were simple, but pretty. It was nice to have one more place to walk during the winter months, and especially a trail that provided access for strollers.
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4/27/2002
Here is a large park in the city where you can enjoy just about any outdoor activity. There is a paved trail that follows the shoreline of this peninsula and many dirt paths that criss-cross the hill in the center of the peninsula. This Falcon trail guide outlines Seward Park and a paved path that connects to Sayres Park nearby. Great for kids, great for nature, and great for solitude.
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Trail Information

Seattle
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
2.4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Skating
Additional Use
Seattle Parks and Recreation; (206) 684-4075; www.seattle.gov/parks
Local Contacts
USGS Seattle South E, Bellevue South W; Seattle street map
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Dec 2018